Ex-Chess Champion A Spring Valley Resident (Column 1)

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Ex-Chess Champion A Spring Valley Resident (Column 1) - Ex-Chess Samuel Reshcvsky Hopes to Recapture...
Ex-Chess Samuel Reshcvsky Hopes to Recapture His American Title By RICHARD EINHORN If chess is considered a sport, ley must be the most famous athlete five feet two inches tall, has dominated American chess since l9Jb. Now 47, he has been in the public eye longer than Joe Louis, Joe Di Maggio, or Ted Williams. Louis and DiMaggio have retired, and Will iams is near the end of the trail, but Reshevsky is playing as well as ever. His ambition is to become champion of the world. He is determined to win that honor although he has been stripped of his United States title by a high school boy of immense talent. Followers Optimistic Reshevsky's followers feel that his loss to 15-year-old Bobby Fischer was a fluke, that ihe famed international grandmaster will gain re venge on his brilliant young rival "I understand there are plans to arrange a match between Bobby Fischer and myself," Reshevsky said last week. "I think everybody would like to see this match mater ialize." But Fischer hasn't said he's will ing. Like other leading American chess players, Reshevsky is starved for competition. He has gone for stretches of almost a year without playing in a tournament. "What we need are at least four big events a year. I expected more from our players who are now in their twenties, but they haven't had enough competition." He said the best hope lies in young players like Bobby Fischer. "It is a tremendous thing for the future of American chess that Fis cher is so young," Reshevsky said. "Youngsters all over the country are getting better." Likes Spring Valley Reshevsky said that moving to Spring Valley from New York was one of the best things that had ever happened to him. "It is quiet and peaceful," he said. "A chess player needs rest and relaxation. You can hardly find a chess player in this town, though," he added. Most of Reshevsky's time has been spent at home with his wife, Norma, and their three children. "Joel and Sylvia play chess," Champion then Samuel Reshevsky of Spring Val in Rockland County. Mr. Reshevsky Ed. Note - - - Reporter Dirk Kinhorn, Columbia University, was formerly a Chess Mastvr. lie has defeated, in Informal games, United States Champion Bobby Fischer, and former American champs, Larry Evans, Arthur Bis-juler, and Arnold Denker. he said proudly. "Only my two-year-old daughter doesn't." Reshevsky came to the United States in 1920 from Poland after having toured Europe as a nine-year-old prodigy. But his parents and advisers made him take time out from chess to complete his education. He was a pitcher on his high school baseball team. Later he attended the University of Chicago, where he majored in mathematics. Reshevsky said he would like to go into the insurance business in New York. His training apart from chess was in accountancy. He owns a number of chess sets, but his favorite is an olivewood set he won last year in a tournament in Israel. Keeping his identity as a chess player, even when not playing a game, is no problem, he says. Every one of his dozens of neck ties bears a chess symbol of some sort. Reshevsky's future hopes center on a match with Mikhail Botvinnik of the USSR, the reigning world's champion. Botvinnik is Reshevsky's age, and he too, has held his own against younger men. "Strange as it may seem," Reshevsky said, "chess is a very taxing game. But if you have your health and lead a normal life you can remain a serious contender for many, many years. Botvinnik start ed at the same time I did." Reshevsky's recent record against Botvinnik has been good. In a team match between the United States and the Soviet Union in Moscow, Reshevskv won one and drew the other of their encounters. Drew Four Games Reshevsky also drew four games

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  1. The Journal News,
  2. 04 Mar 1959, Wed,
  3. Page 10

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